THREE people have been injured after a car was driven into pedestrians outside an Islamic centre in the early hours of this morning.
The driver and passengers are said to have ‘shouted anti-Islamic taunts’ before the car ploughed into people in Brent, North West London, in an apparent hate crime.
Police said the people inside the vehicle – three men and a woman in their 20s – are believed to have been drinking and taking drugs.
The driver and passengers were involved in a row with people in the car park of the Al-Hussaini Islamic centre and are alleged to have shouted anti-Muslim slogans.
Hassan Naddi, head of security for the Hussaini Foundation claims the group shouted “dirty Muslims”.
The car was then reportedly damaged by some people outside the centre before driving into a number of individuals at speed and racing away.
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Police said the three victims’ injuries are not believed to be life-threatening[/caption]
Paramedics were called to the scene at around 12.30am[/caption]
Metropolitan Police said it is treating the incident as a hate crime but not as a terrorist incident.
A spokesman for the Hussaini Association described the incident as ‘an attack on our community’.
He said: “We are in deep shock at such an attack taking place on our community. We remain proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society and as such we remain unintimidated.”
One man in his 50s was taken to hospital with a serious leg injury and two men in their 20s suffered minor injuries.
The Islamic centre described it as ‘an attack on our community’[/caption]
People were said to have been leaving the Islamic centre on Oxgate Lane at the time of the incident.
Pictures and video taken at the scene show dozens of people running to help those injured before at least three people were treated by paramedics.
Police have cordoned off Oxgate Lane from the junctions of Coles Green Road and Edgware Road and remain at the scene this morning.
DS Kelly Schonhage from Brent CID said: “We are treating this incident very seriously and a number of enquiries are underway to trace the car and those involved.
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“Enquiries into the full circumstances of the collision are ongoing.
“If you were there at the time and have information I would urge you to contact police with information.
“Extra neighbourhood police patrols have been stepped up in the area and officers will be on hand to speak with those in the local community.”